Sligo’s Maebh McLoughlin on Ireland hockey duty

Sligo Grammar School student Maebh McLoughlin is part of the Ireland under-16 girls hockey squad which flies out to Edinburgh this weekend to play an international three-match series against Scotland.

15-year-old McLoughlin, from Rosses Point, is the sole Connacht representative on the 24-strong squad, and is the first Sligo Grammar student to play girls international hockey at this grade.

She is also a noted golfer, and competed earlier this week in the Irish girls close championship at Kilkeel in county Down.

The three-match Scotland series begins on Friday.

The U16 squad is then scheduled to travel to Spain in mid-July for another summer series of games.